We’re trying to come up with a percentage of Vermont Woods Studios‘ profits that we can promise to donate to the Rainforest Alliance, the Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund and other non-profits working to save the rainforest. Last year, being only our second year in business, we had no profits (uh hum…we’re still investing in this business) but we still managed to donate over $1500. This year, we hope it will be much more (and based on profits!). We’re asking for your help in making that happen.

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Cherry_hutch_buffetvws And that’s how Vermont Woods Studios was born.  Living in Vermont, the fine furniture capital of the world, we saw not just an opportunity, but an imperative to use the elegant, natural furniture produced in our state as a vehicle to help educate consumers about the forest, it’s inhabitants, it’s importance, it’s vulnerability to destruction, and the impact that will have on global warming. And that’s the whole point of this blog. To start a conversation with you and your friends and anyone else you might be willing to reach out and invite to the table—about how we can help change the world by changing the way you think about, and purchase your furniture.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Well, there’s plenty of blame to go around for industries like timber, soy, beef, fertilizer, pesticide and so on.  Those industries need to get going and get on The Green Train too!  And as the highest value-added industry, The Furniture Industry Needs to Step up and Change the Way it Sources Product.  Here’s why:


  1. Much of the clear-cutting of the rainforest is done to produce timber for furniture and flooring. Incredibly, up to 90% of today’s imported furniture-grade wood is illegally harvested, from the rainforest. Look around your house. If you have mahogany or teak furniture that is not certified as sustainably harvested by a third party non-profit such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) it’s a good bet that furniture came from clear-cutting the rainforest.
  2. China has taken over about a third of the world trade in furniture over just the last 8 years, making it the leading importer of timber from tropical rainforests. Logging practices that supply the timber are typically illegal and labor conditions are deplorable. Again, chances are if you’ve purchased furniture in the last 10 years, it was made in China of illegal wood that may have come from as far away as the Amazon in South America. Peter Goodman and Peter Finn of the Washington Post did an informative article on the shocking state of corruption and illegal logging in China and elsewhere.  Read it, then get on board The Green Train!

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

More urgent reasons behind Vermont Woods Studios fight to save the Amazon and other rainforests:

  1. The Amazon Rainforest oft described as the “Lungs of our  Planet”, recycles the green house gas, carbon dioxide into oxygen.  More than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon!
  2. You won’t believe this but widespread fires in the Amazon, set intentionally to clear land for agriculture, are now making Brazil one of the world’s leading greenhouse gas producers!
  3. At least twenty percent of the Amazon has been cut down/slashed and burned in the last 40 years (more than in the previous 450 years of European colonization)
  4. Scientists predict that another 20% will be lost over the next 2 decades
  5. Nearly every road in the Amazon is unauthorized — cut by trespassing land sharks (with forged phony land titles) who clear the land for timber, pasture and soy production.  (Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of beef and second only to the US in soybeans.  Rainforest soil is not suited to these purposes, thus mass amounts of pesticides and fertilizers are used further worsening the problem)
  6. I’m not making this stuff up.  My sources aren’t some left wing groups you’ve never heard of.  Check out some of these mainstream references:  National Geographic, Audobon Magazine, United Nations Millenium Ecosystem Assessment, CNN Planet in Peril.  If we want to keep breathing oxygen, we’ve got to get busy and do something now!  Read more and get on The Green Train.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.